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at·tain

 (ə-tān′)
v. at·tained, at·tain·ing, at·tains
v.tr.
1. To gain as an objective; achieve: attain a diploma by hard work.
2. To come to or arrive at, as through movement, growth, or the passage of time: Redwoods can attain a height of 300 feet.
v.intr.
To succeed in a directed effort, process, or progression: attained to high office; eventually attained to wisdom.

[Middle English atteinen, from Old French ataindre, ataign-, to reach to, from Vulgar Latin *attangere, from Latin attingere : ad-, ad- + tangere, to touch; see tag- in Indo-European roots.]

at·tain′a·bil′i·ty n.
at·tain′a·ble adj.

attain

(əˈteɪn)
vb
1. (tr) to achieve or accomplish (a task, goal, aim, etc)
2. (tr) to reach or arrive at in space or time: to attain old age.
3. (often foll by: to) to arrive (at) with effort or exertion: to attain to glory.
[C14: from Old French ateindre, from Latin attingere to reach, from tangere to touch]
atˈtainable adj
atˌtainaˈbility, atˈtainableness n

at•tain

(əˈteɪn)

v.t.
1. to reach, achieve, or accomplish; gain; obtain: to attain one's goals.
2. to come to or arrive at: to attain the mountain peak.
v.i.
3. to succeed in reaching something: to attain to knowledge.
4. to reach in the course of development or growth: These trees attain to remarkable height.
[1300–50; Middle English atei(g)nen < Anglo-French, Old French ateign-, s. of ateindre < Vulgar Latin *attangere (for Latin attingere) = Latin at- at- + tangere to touch]
at•tain′a•ble, adj.
at•tain`a•bil′i•ty, at•tain′a•ble•ness, n.
at•tain′er, n.
syn: See gain1.

attain

- First meant "bring to justice."
See also related terms for justice.

attain


Past participle: attained
Gerund: attaining

Imperative
attain
attain
Present
I attain
you attain
he/she/it attains
we attain
you attain
they attain
Preterite
I attained
you attained
he/she/it attained
we attained
you attained
they attained
Present Continuous
I am attaining
you are attaining
he/she/it is attaining
we are attaining
you are attaining
they are attaining
Present Perfect
I have attained
you have attained
he/she/it has attained
we have attained
you have attained
they have attained
Past Continuous
I was attaining
you were attaining
he/she/it was attaining
we were attaining
you were attaining
they were attaining
Past Perfect
I had attained
you had attained
he/she/it had attained
we had attained
you had attained
they had attained
Future
I will attain
you will attain
he/she/it will attain
we will attain
you will attain
they will attain
Future Perfect
I will have attained
you will have attained
he/she/it will have attained
we will have attained
you will have attained
they will have attained
Future Continuous
I will be attaining
you will be attaining
he/she/it will be attaining
we will be attaining
you will be attaining
they will be attaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been attaining
you have been attaining
he/she/it has been attaining
we have been attaining
you have been attaining
they have been attaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been attaining
you will have been attaining
he/she/it will have been attaining
we will have been attaining
you will have been attaining
they will have been attaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been attaining
you had been attaining
he/she/it had been attaining
we had been attaining
you had been attaining
they had been attaining
Conditional
I would attain
you would attain
he/she/it would attain
we would attain
you would attain
they would attain
Past Conditional
I would have attained
you would have attained
he/she/it would have attained
we would have attained
you would have attained
they would have attained
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.attain - to gain with effortattain - to gain with effort; "she achieved her goal despite setbacks"
score - get a certain number or letter indicating quality or performance; "She scored high on the SAT"; "He scored a 200"
get to, progress to, reach, make - reach a goal, e.g., "make the first team"; "We made it!"; "She may not make the grade"
bring home the bacon, deliver the goods, succeed, win, come through - attain success or reach a desired goal; "The enterprise succeeded"; "We succeeded in getting tickets to the show"; "she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
begin - achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative; "This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation"; "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war"
come to, strike - attain; "The horse finally struck a pace"
culminate - reach the highest or most decisive point
compass - bring about; accomplish; "This writer attempts more than his talents can compass"
average - achieve or reach on average; "He averaged a C"
finagle, wangle, manage - achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods
2.attain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or levelattain - reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
arrive, come, get - reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress; "She arrived home at 7 o'clock"; "She didn't get to Chicago until after midnight"
max out - reach a maximum; "I maxed out on all my credit cards"
break even - attain a level at which there is neither gain nor loss, as in business, gambling, or a competitive sport
3.attain - find unexpectedlyattain - find unexpectedly; "the archeologists chanced upon an old tomb"; "she struck a goldmine"; "The hikers finally struck the main path to the lake"
regain, find - come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost; "Did you find your glasses?"; "I cannot find my gloves!"
4.attain - reach a destination, either real or abstractattain - reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
catch up - reach the point where one should be after a delay; "I caught up on my homework"
surmount, scale - reach the highest point of; "We scaled the Mont Blanc"
get at, access - reach or gain access to; "How does one access the attic in this house?"; "I cannot get to the T.V. antenna, even if I climb on the roof"
bottom out - reach the low point; "Prices bottomed out and started to rise again after a while"
peak, top out - to reach the highest point; attain maximum intensity, activity; "That wild, speculative spirit peaked in 1929";"Bids for the painting topped out at $50 million"
summit, breast - reach the summit (of a mountain); "They breasted the mountain"; "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
top - reach or ascend the top of; "The hikers topped the mountain just before noon"
make - reach in time; "We barely made the plane"
find - succeed in reaching; arrive at; "The arrow found its mark"
culminate - reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
come through, get through - succeed in reaching a real or abstract destination after overcoming problems; "We finally got through the bureaucracy and could talk to the Minister"
run aground, ground - hit or reach the ground

attain

verb
1. obtain, get, win, reach, effect, land, score (slang), complete, gain, achieve, earn, secure, realize, acquire, fulfil, accomplish, grasp, reap, procure He's halfway to attaining his pilot's licence.
2. reach, achieve, realize, acquire, arrive at, accomplish attaining a state of calmness and confidence

attain

verb
1. To succeed in doing:
Slang: score.
2. To reach (a goal or objective):
Informal: hit on (or upon).
Translations
يَنال، يَبْلُغ، يُحَقِّق
dosáhnout
opnå
ná, öîlast
iegūtsasniegt

attain

[əˈteɪn]
A. VT (= achieve, reach) [+ knowledge] → lograr; [+ happiness] → lograr, conquistar; [+ goal, aim] → lograr, conseguir, alcanzar; [+ age, rank] → llegar a, alcanzar; (= get hold of) → conseguir
B. VI (frm) to attain tollegar a

attain

[əˈteɪn] vtparvenir à, atteindre, acquérir

attain

vt aim, rank, age, perfectionerreichen; knowledge, independenceerlangen; happiness, prosperity, powergelangen zu; he has attained his ambitionser hat sein Ziel erreicht
vi to attain to something (to perfection)etw erreichen; to prosperity, powerzu etw gelangen; to attain to man’s estate (form)das Mannesalter erreichen (form)

attain

[əˈteɪn] vt (ambition) → realizzare; (age, rank, happiness) → raggiungere, arrivare a

attain

(əˈtein) verb
to gain; to achieve. He attained all his ambitions.
References in classic literature ?
For ages, from our forefather Adam to our own day, we labor to attain that knowledge and are still infinitely far from our aim; but in our lack of understanding we see only our weakness and His greatness.
I don't understand," he said, "how it is that the mind of man cannot attain the knowledge of which you speak.
And to attain this end, we have the light called conscience that God has implanted in our souls.
And again, that as these acquisitions are in themselves generally worthless, so are the means to attain them not only base and infamous, but at best incertain, and always full of danger.
He tried in everything he took up to attain such success and perfection as would evoke praise and surprise.
To attain that end it would be necessary to be an aide-de-camp to the Emperor--which he expected to become--or to marry into that exclusive set, which he resolved to do.
It ended with the double hypothesis: either the attraction of the moon would draw it to herself, and the travelers thus attain their end; or that the projectile, held in one immutable orbit, would gravitate around the lunar disc to all eternity.
One single hypothesis of the observers of Long's Peak could ever be realized, that which foresaw the case of the travelers (if still alive) uniting their efforts with the lunar attraction to attain the surface of the disc.
There is a perfection which all knowledge ought to reach, and which our pupils ought also to attain, and not to fall short of, as I was saying that they did in astronomy.
For they too are in error, like the astronomers; they investigate the numbers of the harmonies which are heard, but they never attain to problems-that is to say, they never reach the natural harmonies of number, or reflect why some numbers are harmonious and others not.
Let no one be surprised if, in speaking of entirely new principalities as I shall do, I adduce the highest examples both of prince and of state; because men, walking almost always in paths beaten by others, and following by imitation their deeds, are yet unable to keep entirely to the ways of others or attain to the power of those they imitate.
There are two lessons in this discourse: first, that in order to create one must be as a little child; secondly, that it is only through existing law and order that one attains to that height from which new law and new order may be promulgated.